Recently stayed 3 nights at Mantra Ettalong Beach and found the resort perfect for a quiet weekend away. Firstly reception was friendly and efficient and check in only took a couple of minutes. We got a good deal booking a "mates rates" special and wasn't expecting to get the best of rooms. Upon entering our room (711) we were pleasantly surprised, although we only had a hinterland view we found being on the 7 th floor was great. Staying on a Friday and Saturday night we were concerned the noise from the club underneath and rear car park might keep us awake. In fact we didn't hear any noise the whole time we were there.
The room itself was great, seperate lounge, modern appliances, good bed and spa in bathroom. With the exception of a couple of stains on the carpet the room was clean and tidy with a large balcony to enjoy breakfast.
The resort itself has a good size pool and spa and we had no problem getting a lounge chair when required. Every time we walked past reception staff always said good morning and how are you today, very welcoming.
Be aware Ettalong is a quiet location, the beach across the road is not a surf beach. Umina Beach is a 3 minute drive away. There is a small selection of restaurants around Ettalong, try the Thai restaurant behind the resort it was awesome and BYO. We went to the local markets and tried some of the local produce and the drive out to Patonga for lunch on the water was perfect. The club underneath is a good location for a meal, we had breakfast and dinner there on one day and found it quite good.
Do your research on what you want, we went for a drive over to Terrigal (25 mins) and it is also spectacular but the crowds around town and the resorts were overbearing. Erina Fair Shopping Centre isn't far away from Ettalong or Terrigal. So if you get poor weather you can always try some retail therapy.
Summing up I wouldn't hesitate going back to Mantra Ettalong for a quiet weekend away.
Go for the highest floor possible.
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February 26, 2013
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It is pleasing to read that you not only enjoyed what the Mantra Ettalong had to offer but the surrounding areas of Ettalong. Your comments regarding the friendliness of staff will be passed on to the team who work hard to ensure that guest satisfaction is achieved. We are disappointed to read that the carpet was stained which appears to have been inadvertently over looked by our housekeeping staff.
We look forward to welcoming you back during the year and again thank you for your review.
Mantra Ettalong Team
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